Saturday, 8 p.m.: 24 hours after it began, the snow "event" has largely ended in Raleigh. Cold, cold weather is on the way, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze warns, enough to refreeze any snow or sleet left on Triangle roads.
BE SAFE OUT THERE!
Saturday, 6 p.m.: Viewers have sent more than 50 videos of snow day fun and almost 2,000 photos.
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.: Darth Vader has made an appearance.
On a more serious note, area Harris Teeter stores will close at 7 p.m. and re-open at 8 a.m. Sunday.
Saturday, 5 p.m.: The video you have been clamoring for has arrived – WRAL's news hound, Tracker, playing in the snow.
Saturday, 4:38 p.m.: WRAL News crew in Fayetteville helped Cathleen Kenon scrape off her car. She had a hair dresser appointment and was determined to keep it.
"We've got to have our priorities right," she said.
The storm left a blanket of sleet and slick coat of ice on most roads in Cumberland County.
Saturday, 4:30 p.m.: Photos continue to pour in from viewers all over the area. We got so many, we had to break them into categories. Here are:
- Kids in the snow
- Animals in the snow
- Best snowscapes
- Photos from the beginning of the storm on Friday night
Saturday, 4 p.m.: It is the eye of the storm at WRAL. The snow has stopped falling and we are airing basketball while reporters, photographers, editors and producers try to get a grasp on the best of what we gathered all day. We'll be back on WRAL-TV just after 5, with three hours of news, weather and sports.
Saturday 2:30 p.m.: WRAL photojournalist Richard Adkins working hard. (Photo by reporter Adam Owens)
Saturday 2:02 p.m.: Viewer Ken writes: "Went for pizza after weather warning was issued, snow hit and covered all the vehicles. When we got home, my daughter said, hey look at the bear, the teddy bear. lol. the engine on my car had melted the snow on the hood to look just like a bear's face. how cool!!!"
Saturday 1:58 p.m.: The N.C. Department of Transportation is urging motorists to stay off the roads unless it is an emergency so crews can clear the highways. Most secondary roads in the state have not been plowed. Crews in some areas of the state will begin to clear the secondary roads later today, but the majority of the secondary roadwork will begin on Sunday.
Saturday 1:50 p.m.: Chapel Hill Transit will provide Tar Heel Express shuttle service on Sunday for the UNC men's basketball game against the Virginia Cavaliers, scheduled for 7:45 p.m. at the Dean Smith Center.
Shuttles will begin at 6:15 p.m. from the park and ride lots at the Friday Center, Southern Village, University Mall (next to Dillards) and Jones Ferry Road. Shuttles will also be available from the Carolina Coffee Shop located at 138 East Franklin St. (no parking provided).
The shuttles will provide continuous and fully accessible service, running every 10 to 15 minutes between the park and rides and the Smith Center. The shuttles will operate for 45 minutes following the game.
Shuttles drop off and pick up on Bowles Drive in front of the Dean E. Smith Center. Shuttle rides are $5 for a round-trip or $3 for a one-way trip. Rides from the Carolina Coffee Shop are $2 one-way or $4 round-trip. For more info, visit www.chtransit.org or call 919-969-4900.
Saturday 1:44 p.m.: Due to inclement weather, Fort Bragg will remain closed until noon, Sunday, Jan. 31, except for key and mission essential personnel. All key and mission essential personnel should report at their normal times.
Saturday 1:36 p.m.: Viewer Sarah Huck writes: "My sister, her friend and I measured how much snow over at our house by RDU. Over 5 and a half inches!"
Saturday 1:19 p.m.: Apex police say a 16-year-old girl suffered a contusion to her head today after she struck a basketball pole while sledding down a hill in the area of 1101 Haywards Heath Lane. The girl suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to WakeMed Cary. Her name was not released.
Saturday 1:12 p.m.: Viewer Teresa Mosser writes: "I tell you nothing stops the U.S. mail. Not rain or snow or sleet. We were riding in our neighborhood (Eno Cemetery Road in Cedar Grove) and saw the mail man out delivering mail. I don't really know if we need mail that bad on a Saturday, but they do a great job anyway."
Saturday 1:09 p.m.: Viewer Walker Roberts writes: "Louisburg received close to 6 inches, still have power, loving it."
Saturday 1:02 p.m.: Viewer Chuck Alison writes: "Just a thought...I've been watching the broadcast pretty much since 5am this morning and, because of the nature of the day, there were no stories about crime, or death, or trauma; (2) thanks for the "backstage" perspective: today we got a glimpse of how much fun you guys have as co-workers, and (3) being the last man on the earth stranded with Renee Chou or Stacy Davis--how cool is that?!!!"
Saturday 12:54 p.m.: The N.C. Highway Patrol has responded to 1,166 calls across the state today, 782 of which involved collisions, WRAL's Amanda Lamb reports.
Saturday 12:37 p.m.: Viewer Jennifer writes: "Can you guys mention that owners should bring their pets inside during the night while we experience these very low temperatures? I've got a neighbor who is clueless and I'm hoping he will remember, or that he and others are watching you guys."
Saturday 12:09 p.m.: Viewer Rich writes: "Nothing says winter better than a snow covered log cabin, hot chocolate and a small town. Coffee lodge is the only place serving coffee in Rolesville. The snow plow drivers are loving us!"
Saturday 12:06 p.m.: Viewer Wendy Geise writes: "We live on a small farm outside of Hillsborough. Our alpacas, Fred and Barney, were undaunted by the white stuff! Their ancestors originate from the cold, mountainous regions of South America. For our dachshund, Gidget, well, that's another matter! Her legs are only 3"!!"
Saturday 12:03 p.m.: Viewer Michelle writes: "I am in Louisburg and I have measured the amount of snow with a measuring stick on level ground and it totaled 10 inches. It is still snowing a little bit however the sleet is coming down at a very steady rate. I hope everyone stays home and are able to stay warm. And to the people who are out there driving please be careful, good luck."
Saturday 12 p.m.: Rocky Mount viewer Billie Severini writes: "Snow on da ground.... Snow on da ground... drivin' like a fool when there's snow on da ground....look at ya now... car spinning 'round....drivin' like a fool when there's snow on da ground........"
Saturday 11:56 a.m.: Here's an update about some events around the Triangle:
- Mamma Mia – 2 p.m. matinee canceled
- Mamma Mia – evening show still on for now, look for update at 5 p.m.
- Progress Energy Center:
- Xanadu – All shows going on as scheduled per Broadway Series South info line.
- PineCone Winter Music Festival – going on as scheduled at Meymandi
- RBC Center:
- NCSU vs NCCU – 2 p.m. – going on as scheduled
- Carolina Hurricanes vs. Chicago Blackhawks – 7 p.m. – going on as scheduled
Saturday 11:46 a.m.: Viewer Kellie writes: "Please keep the new weather guy. Brian or Bryan I think. He is so entertaining and I think I might actually watch the news now. He is just too cute and I love his spin on the news."
Saturday 11:40 a.m.: Viewer Tiffany writes: "I love that you are covering the snow and giving us updates around the triangle. You also cover what DOT is doing to make our roads safer and driveable...However I would like for more credit to go to the City of Raleigh workers also when we have snowstorms. They also pull a lot of hours and sweat and have families at home that they are missing when they pull these long hours also to help get these roads clear also...they might not be DOT but they do a great job of trying to keep these roads safer also.Th. Please try and give more coverage of these men going out here in the cold and working these graveyard shifts to make our roads safer. Give them the credit they deserve:) Thanks!"
Saturday 11:38 a.m.: Mamma Mia update: DPAC and officials from the Mamma Mia Tour have canceled the 2 p.m. matinee performance of Mamma Mia. Affected ticket buyers are asked to wait until Monday for additional refund information. For more information you can phone DPAC beginning on Monday at 10 a.m. at 919.680.2787 or email at customerservice@DPACnc.com; or if purchased online please contact Ticketmaster 1-800-653-8000. Please Note: At this time the 8 p.m. evening performance will proceed as scheduled. DPAC Management and Mamma Mia show officials are closely watching weather and road conditions and will issue an additional update at 5 p.m.
Saturday 11:33 a.m.: Progress Energy crews are responding to scattered outages as a result of the winter storm. As of 11 a.m., the utility has approximately 15,000 customers without power. Most outages are located in southeastern N.C. and in the utility’s South Carolina territory. The numbers will change throughout the day as power is restored in some areas and ice continues to build up in others.
Saturday 11:28 a.m.: Passengers traveling through Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Sun., Jan. 31, can expect some cancellations in the early morning hours. Due to the winter weather in our region, some airlines will not operate any aircraft at RDU today, affecting tomorrow's first flights. RDU remains open and operational. Crews continue to treat runways, taxiways and roadways. RDU's maintenance and operations teams will continue their efforts until temperatures rise and the precipitation ends. Passengers traveling through RDU over the next several days are advised to contact their airline before coming to the airport to find out the status of their flight and to rebook their flight if necessary. Airline contact and flight status information can be found at www.rdu.com .
Saturday 11:25 a.m.: Louisburg viewer Frankie writes: "I wanted to see what my granddaughter would do in the snow. I put Aaliyah down in the snow and she started calling HELP!!!!"
Saturday 11:21 a.m.: Four Oaks viewer Angela writes: "Our roads here in Four Oaks are a mixture of snow and sleet. It is 11 AM now and the sleet continues to fall heavily. My husband and I did a 'doughnut' on his F150 this morning at this crossroads........PS: don't tell the highway patrol. ha ha"
Saturday 11:18 a.m.: Durham viewer Margaret Lawless writes: "I measured the snow on our deck and we have received 7 inches so far."
Saturday 11:15 a.m.: WRAL anchor Bill Leslie wants all the adults to get outside and "Be a kid again!"
Saturday 11:09 a.m.: WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner just tweeted: "Starting to see precip tapering off. Most of it sleet now. May see a few bursts of snow /sleet during the afternoon."
Saturday 11:03 a.m.: At the request of Emergency Officials in Nash County, the Winter Storm Shelter at Southern Nash High School has been closed. There were no residents of the shelter overnight. The shelter at Nash Central High School will remain open for an undetermined period of time.
Saturday 11 a.m.: WRAL's Monica Laliberte: "I am too old for (sledding). I’d be wrapped up in gauze somewhere."
Saturday 10:55 a.m.: Triangle Transit is operating on a Saturday schedule and will suspend service at 4 p.m. today because of the weather. Saturday routes are operating with delays as the buses make their way through the snow and sleet on streets and highways. Due to unsafe road conditions, the #412S route will NOT serve Lawson St / S Roxboro St (Durham Tech & NCCU). Route 747 - the Airport Shuttle is operating by request only. Persons wishing to take the 747 Shuttle should call 919-485-RIDE (7433). Wait times may be as much as 10 minutes due to extremely high call volume. More information is available at triangletransit.org and gotriangle.org.
Saturday 10:49 a.m.: Gov. Perdue tells WRAL-TV: "I want to go out and make a snowman."
Saturday 10:45 a.m.: Do you have tickets to see "Mamma Mia"? The Durham Performing Arts Cener says: "In the spirit of “the show must go on!” we fully intend for all performances of Mamma Mia! to proceed as scheduled. If weather forces a declared state of emergency that bans travel on area roadways or if the performers are unable to get to the theatre, we will advise you at that time as to whether the performance schedule changes and what options are available to you. It may be difficult to reach us by phone in this situation; we ask that you instead visit our website at www.DPACnc.com, where we will immediately post notice of any show postponement. If ticket holders are concerned about driving conditions they may exchange to an alternate performance of the same show either earlier or later in the week if available, but remember that as time goes on seating choices become more limited. Affected ticket buyers would need to phone DPAC to make this exchange at 919.680.2787 or email at customerservice@DPACnc.com; or if purchased online please contact Ticketmaster 1-800-653-8000."
Saturday 10:39 a.m.: Viewer Elizabeth says she and her 4-day-old daughter, Alana, are stuck at Rex Hospital and unable to go home because of the weather conditions.
Saturday 10:33 a.m.: Due to the inclement weather, Raleigh's Capital Area Transit will not operate the R-Line Downtown Circulator or Route 70E to Brier Creek today (Saturday). All other routes are running but may not be running on schedule.
Saturday 10:28 a.m.: WRAL's Jason Jennings just tweeted: "Gov. Perdue urges everyone to stay home...so I'm getting ready for work! SNOW COVERAGE, BABYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!"
Saturday 10:09: Viewer Denise Walz writes: "6.5 inches in Mebane and now being topped by sleet."
Saturday 10:08 a.m.: Viewer Allen Ellis writes: "I live in Raeford, NC and I just finished shoveling my driveway. It looks to be about 1/2 to 1 inch of sleet that some parts of Raeford received so far. It seems to still be sleeting now."
Saturday 10:05 a.m.: WRAL photojournalist Greg Hutchinson just tweeted: "Hour 3 of sleet in the face. Toes frozen, face frozen... 9 more hours to go!"
Saturday 10 a.m.: Raleigh viewer Matt Walton sent the following e-mail to WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson: "We have about 5 inches so far, with about 2 inches of ice. I did some shoveling and every spot that I shoveled was covered with sleet within about 15/20 minutes. Enjoy the snow cream."
Saturday 9:58 a.m.: Durham viewer Wayne Talley writes: "As of 9:45AM I have 6.5 inches on my deck. I am in northern Durham county just south of Bahama."
Saturday 9:55 a.m.: Viewer Jenny Merritt writes: "My dogs and I just love this snow here in Siler City, N.C. We have about 5" here and they are having a ball just running around the yard."
Saturday 9:47 a.m.: The following Wake County Divisions and Departments will be closed today (Saturday):
- Animal Care, Control and Adoption Center – Closed
- Libraries, all locations – Closed
- Parks, all locations – Closed
- Solid Waste, all locations – Closed
For more information on County services, location and hours, visit www.wakegov.com/location.
Saturday 9:43 a.m.: WRAL photojournalist Jay Jennings hard at work. (Photo by reporter Amanda Lamb)
Saturday 9:35 a.m.: Wake Electric reports that the 10 outages north of Creedmoor in Granville County have been restored. No major outages reported at this time. Contact telephone numbers for Wake Electric customers to report outages are 919.863.6499 or toll free 1-800-743-3155.
Saturday 9:34 a.m.: WRAL is getting flooded with wonderful pictures from viewers. Thank you! Keep them coming!
Saturday 9:29 a.m.: Chapel Hill officials: There were nine traffic accidents over the night. No power outages have been reported. At this time, Orange County has not opened any shelters. Road conditions are treacherous, and residents are advised to stay home and not travel. The Chapel Hill Public Library is closed today, as are Parks and Recreation facilities. Chapel Hill Transit buses will follow their normal routes and schedules as long as the streets are safe for travel. All routes will experience delays due to road conditions. CHT will not be operating on the following streets/ areas until further notice: Chapel Hill Public Library - DM Route; Carol Woods, East Chapel Hill High School - T Route; Umstead and Severn - JN Route; Pritchard Hill - JN Route; and Village Drive - JN. Road conditions affect all traffic, so buses may experience significant delays.
Saturday 9:26 a.m.: Due to inclement weather, Southeastern Urgent Care Pembroke will be closed today (Saturday).
Saturday 9: 17 a.m.: Viewer Tim King writes: "Just measured 7.5 inches in southside Roxboro, wanted to send a shout-out to my brother in law, Fayetteville (WRAL) photographer Michael Joyner for the great work this morning!"
Saturday 9:16 a.m.: Viewer Julia Kornegay writes: "The birds are hungry! Tell your viewers to check their bird feeders and fill them up if they are empty."
Saturday 9:14 a.m.: Raleigh's Capital Area Transit is currently operating normal Saturday routes. However, due to the inclement weather bus routes may not be running on schedule. For information regarding the status of CAT routes please call the regional call center at 485-RIDE (7433). You may also check CAT’s website at www.raleighnc.gov/transit for updated information as weather conditions change.
Saturday 9:13 a.m.: Hillsborough viewer Sarah Johanson writes: "We got 5 inches of snow on our deck. We let our dog Borla out to play and he still won't come back in. He's having way to much fun."
Saturday 9:12 a.m.: Viewer Jim Andrews writes: "Just under 6 inches in the Orange grove community approximately 8 miles southwest of Hillsborough."
Saturday 9:10 a.m.: Viewer Roger Russell writes: "I live in Butner and we have about 7 inches on the ground and snow and sleet are still falling."
Saturday 9:08 a.m.: Viewer Al Rumbough writes: "Sleeting on the north side of Fuquay Varina. Measured 3.5 to 3.75 inches on a table on my deck."
Saturday 9:06 a.m.: Viewer Wendy Perry wrote this funny comment on our WRAL Facebook page about reporter Bryan Mims: "Warm that man up.... when i see him on TV this morning he keeps looking worse and worse! LOL 'Heat on the Mims, Heat on the Mims, crank up the van and put some Heat on the Mims!'"
Saturday 9:02 a.m.: The WRAL newsroom just received this really nice e-mail from a viewer named Bob. "As a retired person who spent over three decades in the media business I want to give your snow coverage kudos. I spend many hours daily now on the web and during this snow event I have surfed most of the local Triangle sites and your web coverage is not only the best, but way out in front of any other website. The local photos, the blog, the live webcams, weather updates, etc. just a one stop place to find out all the news. Thanks."
Saturday 9 a.m.: Viewer Crystal writes: "We are Ronnies Wrecker Service and we are on 95 and are following a line of state vehicles clearing the road."
Saturday 8:59 a.m.: Gov. Bev Perdue will hold a press briefing at 10 a.m. in the Governor’s Press Conference Room in the Administration Building to discuss emergency response efforts across the state from the snow storm.
Saturday 8:57 a.m.: Due to inclement weather, the Ackland Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be closed today (Saturday).
Saturday 8:55 a.m.: Graham viewer Jason Whaley writes: "I can't get our Jeep out of my driveway... STAY HOME!"
Saturday 8:54 a.m.: Viewer Liza Adcock writes: "I live in Macon, NC near Lake Gaston and it is still snowing beautifully outside and I just measured 9 inches!!!!"
Saturday 8:52 a.m.: Viewer Sarah Cook writes: "Looking in my back yard in Southeast Durham, barely a mile from RTP. Measured almost 5 inches as of 8:00am. GO CANES!"
Saturday 8:51 a.m.: At this time, Wake Electric reports only 10 outages north of Creedmoor in Granville County.
Saturday 8:42 a.m.: Rocky Mount Public Utilities customers should report any power outages to 467-4800. This number has changed in the past year.
Saturday 8:32 a.m.: Viewer Carolyn Christman writes: "We have 4-1/2 inches in the Efland area of western Orange County (near exit 160 from I85/40) in some places we have 5 inches. Very dry, fluffy snow – beautiful. Thanks for your great coverage."
Saturday 8:37 a.m.: Due to the weather, the following Rocky Mount facilities or services will be closed today (Saturday):
- Tar River Transit (city bus system)
- The Imperial Centre (includes the Rocky Mount Arts Center and the Rocky Mount Children’s Museum & Science Center)
- Rocky Mount Senior Center
- Booker T. Washington Community Center
- South Rocky Mount Community Center
Saturday 8:25 a.m.: Raleigh viewer Wanda Howard writes: "I'm from Florida and this is my first snow."
Saturday 8:24 a.m.: WRAL employees are enjoying a tasty breakfast buffet in the conference room right now. Sorry to crews in the field, don't mean to rub it in :)
Saturday 8:12 a.m.: Fayetteville Highway Patrol officials say they are "really busy" responding to more than 10 crashes right now. Cars are sliding off the road.
Saturday 8:09 a.m.: Crabtree Valley Mall will be closed today (Saturday), but some of the department stores might stay open, according to spokeswoman Sandra Geist. She is not sure which ones will be open.
Saturday 8:06 a.m.: Viewer Jessica VanVickle from Roxboro writes: "Let it snow. Sleet started to mix in with the snow about 7:30 this am. 6.5 inches of snow have fallen so far. Have a great day. I live near the Homestead Steakhouse here in Timberlake."
Saturday 8 a.m.: Viewer Andy Shiver writes: "Hey WRAL, here in Knightdale the sleet is coming down really hard with a mix of some light rain and the occasional snowflake or two. I went outside to measure the snow and he have about 4.5-5 inches here in Knightdale. Just thought I'd let you know, thanks."
Saturday 7:58 a.m.: Triangle Transit is operating on a Saturday schedule. Saturday routes are operating with the exception of Route 747 – the Airport Shuttle. Riders should expect some delays as buses make their way through the snow and sleet on streets and highways. Service may be adjusted if weather conditions worsen during the day.
Saturday 7:48 a.m.: GOLO member Nancy writes: "It is pelting sleet against the windows here in Fuquay too - actually our address is Fuquay but we're 4 miles north of Main St up Sunset Lake Rd - closer to Holly Springs line. Sure is pretty to look at and so glad we don't have to go anywhere today. Fire already roaring in the fireplace :) Read on a live blog here from WRAL reporters that 49 are without power in Holly Springs - you KNOW that has to be miserable!"
Saturday 7:43 a.m.: WRAL reporter Bryan Mims is so quotable while reporting about the sleet in Fayetteville. Two of his best so far: "I can still feel the sleet hitting my hood. It feels like kitty litter hitting my head," and “My lips are starting to freeze a little bit, so bear with me.”
Saturday 7:30 a.m.: Viewer Amanda Helmer writes: "I live in South Durham by 15-501. My dog, Brie, loves the snow! It's just like being back in Michigan."
Saturday 7:18 a.m.: Viewer Johnnie McGranahan writes: "Snow appears to be about 5 1/2 inches on Lizard Creek in Lake Gaston in Littleton."
Saturday 7:15 a.m.: WRAL anchors Bill Leslie and Kelcey Carlson tell reporter Bryan Mims they like his "personality" and "facial expressions" while he covers the sleet in Fayetteville.
Saturday 6:58 a.m.: Raleigh Highway Patrol has counted 129 crashes since midnight. Most involve people running off the road.
Saturday 6:51 a.m.: Viewer Patrick Craft writes: "5+ inches in Timberlake (near Orange County speedway). The secondary road in front of my house is unplowed. I have lived in the mountains and am used to this, but travel is hazardous."
Saturday 6:47 a.m.: Viewer James B. writes: "We measured 5 inches of snow on our back patio in Youngsville."
Saturday 6:38 a.m.: WRAL reporter Bryan Mims: “Here in Fayetteville it’s icy, it’s frosty, it’s crusty, it’s cold.”
Saturday 6:29 a.m.: Viewer Rob Thomas writes: "Hey I live in Wake Forest and we went out to the main street and measured the snow on a ruler. We have gotten over 5 1/2 inches of snow on the street."
Saturday 6:28 a.m.: WRAL staff members keep streaming in to the newsroom to help with the winter storm coverage. There aren't usually this many people here on a Saturday morning!
Saturday 6:17 a.m.: Highway Patrol Capt. Everett Clendenin: ‘We’ve got issues out on our interstates, but they’re moving. Traffic is moving. There are those who are traveling a little too fast, and we have had some collisions.”
Saturday 5:56 a.m.: Traffic reporter Brian Shrader: "Stay at home. You don’t want to be on one of my traffic cameras this morning."
Saturday 5:53 a.m.: At least eight wrecks have been reported in Wilson County, mostly along Interstate 95. Fayetteville authorities say that Murchison Road and Country Club Drive have some slick spots.
Saturday 5:42 a.m.: WRAL reporter Mike Charbonneau: "We have got a heavy and a steady snow going in Rocky Mount."
Saturday 5:34 a.m.: WRAL reporter Bryan Mims in Fayetteville: "(The sleet) is pinging off my hat and my jacket and my face, and it’s even stinging a little bit because it’s blowing sideways.”
Saturday 5:26 a.m.: WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner: "We are going to see huge differences across the area in terms of snowfall totals."
Saturday 5:17 a.m.: WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson: "I would not be surprised to see the precipitation type wobble back and forth (between snow and sleet)."
Saturday 5:07 a.m.: John Sleboda, a viewer in Franklinton, writes: "I just measured the snow here on Bowen St and we have right at 4 1/2 inches and of course its still falling with a slight wind out of the East."
Saturday 5 a.m.: Officials say there have been 18 storm-related traffic accidents in Cary, two with non-life threatening injuries.
Saturday 4:45 a.m.: Progress Energy is reporting 49 customers without power in Holly Springs. Duke Power is reporting 35,789 outages across the state.
Saturday 4:30 a.m.: Viewer reporting heavy sleet in Clinton.
Saturday 4:15 a.m.: From midnight to 4 a.m. Saturday, 48 wrecks were reported in Raleigh, troopers said. Troopers in Fayetteville also reported more wrecks than usual.
Saturday 4 a.m.: A viewer in Mebane reports 5 inches of snowfall.
Saturday 3:45 a.m.: Just before 4 a.m., 3 inches of snow had fallen in Durham, 2.1 inches in Raleigh, 2.8 inches in Cary and 2.5 inches in Holly Springs. Roxboro reported 1 inch and Greensboro 4 inches, respectively.
Saturday 3:30 a.m.: Viewers report heavy snow falling in Durham, while Rocky Mount is seeing sleet.
Saturday 3:15 a.m.: WRAL's Bryan Mims says roads are in good shape in Fayetteville. The area is receiving a light drizzle.
Saturday 3 a.m.: WRAL’s Mike Moss says the northern half of N.C. is covered in light snow. Fayetteville is beginning to see more snowfall. Snow is also falling in Charlotte and Boone.
Saturday 2:45 a.m.: WRAL News Managing Editor Bonnie Moore says driving overnight on N.C. Highway 147 in Durham was terrible. She passed two wrecks on her way to work. Interstate 40 in Durham was mostly clear, as was the Interstate 440 Beltline, near the Western Boulevard exit in Raleigh.
Saturday 2:30 a.m.: There are reports of sleet in Wake County, which means the air is warming.
Saturday 2:15 a.m.: WRAL's Renee Chou says roads were drivable along Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh. She arrived at the station at 2 a.m. to begin her Saturday reporting shift.
Saturday 2 a.m.: WRAL’s Greg Fishel says Fayetteville is seeing little wintry precipitation.
Saturday 1:30 a.m.: WRAL.com readers continue to send in snow photos from across the viewing area.
Saturday 1:15 a.m.: Viewer reports almost 3 inches of snow in Sanford.
Saturday 1 a.m.: WRAL’s Greg Fishel says DUALDoppler5000 still shows the winter storm lasting well into Saturday and temperatures continuing to drop. Snowfall is expected to pick up overnight.
Saturday 12:45 a.m.: WRAL's Debra Morgan drives past two separate wrecks on Buffaloe Road in northeast Raleigh. Authorities are urging people to stay home if at all possible as the winter storm moves across the state.
Saturday 12:30 a.m.: Viewer reports 2 inches of snow at Campbell University in Lillington.
Saturday 12:15 a.m.: Viewer reports snow sticking to sidewalks and roads in Wilson.
Saturday 12 a.m.: WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze says the heaviest snowfall is toward Rocky Mount and Goldsboro.
Friday 11:30 p.m.: Viewer says Trinity and Maynard roads in Cary are covered with snow.
Friday 11:45 p.m.: WRAL's Ken Smith says major roads are drivable. Plows are clearing accumulated snow off roadways. People are still visiting restaurants and night clubs in downtown Raleigh.
Friday 11 p.m.: Progress Energy reports three weather-related power outages. The utility company has 1,500 personnel, including workers from Florida, Georgia and Maryland, ready to respond to outages. To report a Progress Energy power outage call 800-419-6356. Duke Energy customers should call 800-769-3766.
Friday 10 p.m.: WRAL viewers report snow falling across central North Carolina, including Willow Spring, Angier, Wake Forest, Kenly and Coats.
Friday, 9 p.m.: Reports of fender-benders and bad roads have begun. One lane is closed on Interstate 40 eastbound near Gorman Street in Raleigh. Raleigh police said Trailwood Drive would be shut down near Avent Ferry Road overnight because of snow and ice on the hill.
Friday, 8 p.m.: Snow has been falling for about in hour in Raleigh. Radar showed widespread snow falling from Hickory in the west to the Outer Banks. The southern parts of the state are seeing sleet and rain.
Friday, 7 p.m.: Light flurries have begun to fall outside the WRAL Studios in Raleigh. Jennifer in Southern Pines and Maria in Raleigh both report seeing flakes.
Friday, 6:30 p.m.: Reports of snow falling Siler City, Hillsborough and Durham
Friday, 6 p.m.: Although snow is not expected until late evening in Raleigh, plenty of North Carolina residents to the west of the Triangle are already seeing accumulation.
Matthew Smith in Raleigh submitted a photo of the snow-covered lawn at his mother's home in Canton. Viewers from Greensboro and Eagle Springs reported sleet at snow during the 6 o'clock hour.